InnoCentive EMEA: Manager, Challenge Design and Development 2017-01-12T14:00:16+00:00

InnoCentive EMEA: Manager, Challenge Design and Development


December 2, 2015

Are you interested in innovation and crowdsourcing? Inspired by the ability of structured challenges and diverse, multi-disciplinary approaches to find solutions to problems and drive innovation more effectively than classical approaches? Join InnoCentive, the world’s pioneer in Challenge Driven Innovation and crowdsourcing.

The Challenge Design and Development Manager is responsible for helping clients achieve maximal value from InnoCentive’s Challenge Driven Innovation and crowdsourcing services. A key responsibility is driving Challenge posting volumes by providing pre- and post-sales Challenge consultation with InnoCentive clients. The position is extremely rewarding for technically trained individuals with superior communication, presentation, facilitation, and project management skills. The successful candidate will join a team of scientists in the Client Services Department of InnoCentive, reporting to the Director of Client Services.

This position is based in the InnoCentive EMEA offices in central London, UK.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Development, writing and administration of Challenges including research, consultation of experts, writing reports, and drafting and proofing of all prize design elements
  • Guiding and consulting clients regarding technical aspects of Challenges
  • Formulating Challenges from initial problem template to the final Challenge Statement
  • Facilitating Solver questions to drive quality Solver submissions
  • Design and execution of creative thinking workshops
  • Deliver on-site, webinar, and teleconference presentations/facilitations which may include best practices of Challenge Driven Innovation, as well as Challenge brainstorming and prioritization for InnoCentive’s client organizational leaders
  • Engaging with innovation communities
  • Develop strong and sustained client relationships


  • Ph.D. or Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in organic chemistry, or closely related fields (examples: chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry)
  • 2+ years post-academic work experience in a research or external-facing position
  • Chemistry and chemistry tool skills: may include: synthesis, combinatorial approaches, analytical methods, designing and characterizing new compositions of matter, library design and approaches to molecular space, molecular orbital theory, spectroscopy, chemoinformatics, SciFinder, Chemdraw, database software (e.g. Integrated Scientific Information System)
  • Superb group presentation skills – professional, dynamic, and poised with senior-level audiences
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Personal attributes: Self-motivated, entrepreneurial, optimistic and can-do, collaborative, personable, effective at multi-tasking, and excited to explore new disciplines

Additional Beneficial Experience:

  • Direct experience interacting with clients/customers
  • Formal project/program management experience, particularly coordinating chemistry outsourcing
  • Language skills beyond English

Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 25%

The Position:
This position is available either on a part or a full time basis and based in our central London, UK offices. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package and encourage you to visit our website at: Start date is TBC.

Please send a copy of your CV and a one-page cover letter outlining why we are best suited to work together to careers

[at] innocentive [dot] com (subject: Job%20Posting%3A%20InnoCentive%20EMEA%3A%20Manager%2C%20Challenge%20Design%20and%20Development) . InnoCentive is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About InnoCentive:
We crowdsource innovation solutions from the world’s smartest people, who compete to provide ideas and solutions to important business, social, policy, scientific, and technical challenges.

Our global network of millions of problem solvers, proven challenge methodology, and cloud-based innovation management platform combine to help our clients transform their economics of innovation through rapid solution delivery and the development of sustainable open innovation programs.

For more than a decade, leading organizations such as Astra Zeneca, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cleveland Clinic, Eli Lilly & Company, NASA, Nature Publishing Group, Procter & Gamble, Scientific American, Syngenta, The Economist, Thomson Reuters, The Department of Defense, and several government agencies in the U.S. and Europe have partnered with InnoCentive to rapidly generate innovative new ideas and solve problems faster, more cost effectively, and with less risk than ever before.